Conditions for use

The use of the Austrian National Library is governed by the Library regulations. Access to the facilities is open to all persons who have completed their 15th year.

Library card

Using the Library is permitted only with a library card (annual membership card or day ticket) and a valid ID with photo.

Annual membership card / EUR 10.00
You can order the card electronically (online application form) or apply in person for the library card at the service desk at Heldenplatz or in the Departments. The period of validity is limited. The annual membership cards are issued and extended exclusively at the service desk at Heldenplatz, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. till 9 p.m.
The annual membership card also authorizes you to access from outside several of the Austrian National Library’s subscribed databases and electronic journals (see Database Infosystem  and Electronic Journal Library). For people with an annual membership card we offer further more the possibility of an online interlibrary loan order.

Day ticket / EUR 1.50
Day tickets can be obtained at the service desk at Heldenplatz and in the Departments as well.


Please deposit your coats (overcoat, jacket, bags, laptop bags, backpacks, umbrellas, etc.) at the cloakroom before entering the facilities, and have them placed in a lockable locker (a 2-euro coin is necessary, but it will be returned). If you wish to take personal valuables (wallet, keys, etc.) with you into the facility, you will receive on loan a plastic bag.


Reader's Services
Postal address:
Josefsplatz 1
1015 Wien
Tel.: (+43 1) 534 10-247 or -248

  • Access: Heldenplatz, Middle Gate of the New Hofburg

last update 8/24/2012